It's the time of year when gardeners start to make plans for the rest of the season, including how they'll deal with the unwanted visitors that stop by to check on their vegetables. No, we're not talking about annoying relatives that leave with a basket full of your cucumbers. We mean snails, slugs, and other critters that will chew through all your hard work. The urge to protect your garden at all costs can be overwhelming, but most people don't want to harm the innocent creatures that wander into their yards.
Reddit user WHELDOT doesn't seem to have a problem with collateral damage, because he's set up a modern, high-tech defense system in his backyard.
WHELDOT's says he worried about using pesticides to kill the slugs in his garden, because his young daughter might find the dead bugs and try to eat him. His more humane solution is a small-scale electric fence, made from a length of garden wire hooked up to a 9-volt battery.
How it works, and what's upsetting activists on the next page
He claims the voltage is too low to kill the slugs, only to hurt them so they will crawl away. There's no telling if slugs can actually feel pain, or something close to it, the way other animals do, but a few animal lovers have voiced their disapproval of his invention.
While it's definitely a clever and non-toxic way to protect your carrots, we have to wonder if there wasn't a nicer way to keep the slugs at bay. The first snail to test the fence definitely seemed upset.
While people are always looking for new ways to get rid of pests, it's important to remember that all sorts of friendly animals will find their way to your backyard. It would be a shame if these fences hurt anything other than little bugs.
If you're interested in making your own snail fence, follow WHELDOT's instructions here.
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